Lot 590: Linschoten map of southern Asia 1596

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2016-01-13 11:47:49

Lot 590: Author: Linschoten, Jan Huygen van; Title: Deliniantur in hac Tabula, Orae Maritimae Abexiae, Freti Mecani; al Maris Rubri; Arabiae, Ormi, Persiae, Supra Sindam usq, Fluminis Indi, Cambriae India & Malabaris, Insulae, Ceylon...; Place Published: [Amsterdam]; Publisher: N/A; Date Published: [1596]; Description: Copper-engraved map, hand-colored (likely later). 38.5x53 cm (15 ¼x20¾").Important and quite decorative map of southern Asia, from the Arabian peninsula to the mouth of the Ganges, with all of India, Ceylon, the Horn of Africa, and north to the Caspian Sea, with Cyprus and the Holy Land in the west. It is considered one of the first detailed navigational charts of the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea. The map was issued in van Linschoten's "Itinerario, Voyage ofte Schipvaert naer Oost ofte Portugaels Indien..." Although partially based on Giacomo Gastaldi's map for the interior regions, the engraver Henricus Langren also used portolan charts to refine coastal detail. In addition, the Indian subcontinent was based on Linschoten's experience living in India for thirteen years, resulting in a much more accurate shape than shown on previous maps by Ortelius and Mercator. The Arabian peninsula is also depicted more accurately than previously, although there is little interior detail. This map is believed to be the first to use the names Babelmandel (now Bab el-Mandeb) for the strait at the southern tip of the Red Sea and Mare Arabicum for the Arabian Sea. The map is adorned with a large compass rose, sea monsters, sailing vessels, and a number of animals, including a pair of unicorns in the interior of India. Provenance: P.J. Radford, 1972. Condition: Some soiling and toning, old folds with wear along centerfold, several tape repairs and reinforcements on verso; trimmed to neat lines at sides and bottom; about very good. PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories Thursday, 28th January 2016 Estimate: $1500-2500
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